History Film / TheWickerMan

17th May '17 5:54:44 AM JamesAustin
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To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[Creator/NicolasCage hilarity]] than for actually being scary.

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To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[Creator/NicolasCage unintentional hilarity]] coming from Creator/NicolasCage than for actually being scary.



* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/{{Neil LaBute}} that [[Film/InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].

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* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/{{Neil LaBute}} Neil [=LaBute=] that [[Film/InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].sexism with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer]].
4th May '17 3:56:42 PM MikeK
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* StealthPun: Since the rest of the score is acoustic folk, "Cave Chase", an electric rock and roll instrumental that plays as Howie is chasing villagers through a cave near the end of the film, stands out. According to score composer/arranger Paul Giovanni, this was meant as a pun on "rock music".
23rd Apr '17 3:10:15 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* HandOfGlory: In the DirectorsCut, a Hand of Glory is placed next to Howie's bedside whilst he sleeps.

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* HandOfGlory: In the DirectorsCut, a A Hand of Glory is placed next to Howie's bedside whilst he sleeps.sleeps in an effort to make him sleep through the May Day celebrations. [[spoiler:Or at least that's what they ''want'' him to think.]]
23rd Apr '17 2:00:08 AM HarfynnTeuport
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%% * HandOfGlory

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%% * HandOfGloryHandOfGlory: In the DirectorsCut, a Hand of Glory is placed next to Howie's bedside whilst he sleeps.



* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: The islanders certainly aren't afraid to

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* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: The islanders certainly aren't afraid to hide their pagan beliefs... [[spoiler:but they keep quiet on the whole HumanSacrifice bit.]]



* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, with Howie being baffled or horrified at the islanders' pagan beliefs and the islanders being equally baffled by his Christian morality.

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* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, with Howie being baffled or horrified at the islanders' pagan beliefs and the islanders being equally baffled by his Christian morality.morality - to the extent that it becomes BlueAndOrangeMorality.
22nd Apr '17 10:16:22 AM HarfynnTeuport
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%% * AristocratsAreEvil: Lord Summerisle again.

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%% * AristocratsAreEvil: Lord Summerisle again.



%% * BatmanGambit

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%% * BatmanGambitBatmanGambit: Lord Summerisle's plan is very complex and relies on expertly manipulating Howie. [[spoiler:It works spectacularly well, earning Summerisle's status as both TheChessmaster and ManipulativeBastard.]]



%% * CorruptHick

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%% * CorruptHickCorruptHick: Almost everyone on Summerisle.



%% * CrapsaccharineWorld: Summerisle

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%% * CrapsaccharineWorld: Summerisle



%% * CruelTwistEnding: Oh. Yeah.

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%% * CruelTwistEnding: Oh. Yeah.An incredibly famous one; see also ItWasHisSled.



%% * {{Cult}}

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%% * {{Cult}}{{Cult}}: The pagan sect on the island was started almost by accident by Lord Summerisle's grandfather, and then continued by his children.



%% * DoomedMoralVictor

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%% * DoomedMoralVictor DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler:Howie of course.]]



%% * DyingCurse

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%% * DyingCurseDyingCurse: [[spoiler:Howie throws an awesome one in Lord Summerisle's face at the end. See TakingYouWithMe below.]]



%% * AFeteWorseThanDeath

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%% * AFeteWorseThanDeathAFeteWorseThanDeath: The climax occurs during the May Day celebrations.



%% * ReligiousHorror

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%% * ReligiousHorrorRedHerring: At first Howie suspects Rowan has been murdered, but then discovers evidence that she has been kidnapped and is being held prisoner waiting to be sacrificed. [[spoiler:It's a trick for both the audience and Howie; the actual plan is to use Rowan as bait to lure Howie to be the sacrifice instead.]]
* ReligiousHorror: A culture-clash of a devoutly religious Christian in a community of neo-pagans on a remote island.



%% * SceneryPorn

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%% * SceneryPornSceneryPorn: There's plenty of gorgeous shots of the Scottish islands.



%% * SoundtrackDissonance

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%% * SoundtrackDissonanceSoundtrackDissonance: Much of the soundtrack is composed entirely of cheerful folk numbers, and the finalé is set to the rousing ''Summer Is Icumen In''.



%% * TownWithADarkSecret

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%% * TownWithADarkSecretTownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: The islanders certainly aren't afraid to



%% * TheVamp: [[spoiler:Willow]]

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%% * TheVamp: [[spoiler:Willow]][[spoiler:Invoked with Willow]]



%% * VirginSacrifice

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%% * VirginSacrificeVirginSacrifice: [[spoiler:Howie's virginity is one of the reasons why he's selected to be manipulated into being sacrificed for the crops.]]



* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Howie's fellow police officers wonder this about his fiance.

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* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Howie's fellow police officers wonder this about his fiance.fiancé.
22nd Apr '17 9:35:48 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Much of the eccentric behaviour of the islanders as directed by Lord Summerisle appears to be this, getting Howie to reveal his suitability as a sacrifice to the community - and presumably to the gods as well. Being temped by Willow into losing his virginity is probably the most obvious example.]]
31st Mar '17 3:09:02 PM MarkLungo
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* TheBadGuyWins: Though [[spoiler:thanks to Howie's final speech, only till the apple harvest fails again. If you look at it that way (see TakingYouWithMe further down), you could say that Howie was the real winner.]] It could also be argued that [[spoiler:from Howie's perspective he won, since Christianity teaches that a principled defeat counts as a victory.]]

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* TheBadGuyWins: Though [[spoiler:thanks to Howie's final speech, only till the apple harvest fails again. If you look at it that way (see TakingYouWithMe further down), you could say that Howie was the real winner.]] It could also be argued that [[spoiler:from Howie's perspective [[DoomedMoralVictor he won, won]], since Christianity teaches that a principled defeat counts as a victory.]]
22nd Mar '17 8:22:50 PM crl85
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* UrineTrouble: As the Wicker Man burned, the goat in the chamber above Edward Woodward relieved itself in terror on the actor, as well as Robin Hardy, who was in the structure with Woodward.
21st Mar '17 4:33:37 PM nombretomado
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* LargeHam: NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose]].

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* LargeHam: NicolasCage.Creator/NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose]].
13th Mar '17 3:45:55 PM rjd1922
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* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/NeilLaBute that [[Film/InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].

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* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/NeilLaBute Creator/{{Neil LaBute}} that [[Film/InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].



** Again, he's allergic to bees, yet goes to an island famous for...bee keeping.

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** Again, he's allergic to bees, yet goes to an island famous for...bee keeping.beekeeping. Apparently without any medication.
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